Sitting on the edge of your seat, shaking with anticipation as theaters everywhere get ready to premiere Star Wars: The Force Awakens next week? So are we. Don’t worry, your symptoms are normal. That’s what Sci-Fi does to a person.
During lunch break the other day, we wanted to settle an argument about the might of Galactic Federation ships versus those of The Empire. No one really knew for sure just how big these things were until we happened upon this amazing infographic by Dirk Loechel. We decided to share it with the rest of the class so everyone can brush up on their general Sci-Fi knowledge as we tick the days on our calendars. You know, just in case any other debates ensue as we sit in line at the cinema.
Pop quiz! (try and answer before moving to the next paragraph). How long was the Galactic Empire Executor Class Super Star Destroyer?
If you said 19 kilometers, you certainly know your Star Wars vessels. Flagship of the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader, the mighty “enemy” ship measures a cool 19,000 meters in length. It would take half a day to traverse it by foot.
Here’s an infographic with a visual comparison of all science fiction space-crafts known to man, not just those from the Star Wars saga. Dirk Loechel says he compiled it from works by many other designers in 2013. It doesn’t quite feature everything that the genre has had to offer, but it’s still an invaluable resource for fans of such titles as Event Horizon, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Halo, EVE, as well as all-time classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Warhammer, Alien, and of course, Star Wars.
The graphic is of considerable proportions, so we suggest downloading the image to your hard drive and opening it in a viewer with zooming capabilities. Alternately, you can right-click the image and open it in a separate tab to display it in all its glory and read the specs for every ship. For who’s asking, a single pixel on the full-scale canvas represents 1 meter.